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Successfully Living With Macular Degeneration

by Caitlin Obara

If you have recently been diagnosed with macular degeneration, then it is important for you to understand that there are many things you can do to improve your day-to-day life. While living with decreased sight comes with many challenges, you can successfully overcome many of them using the following suggestions:

Use Technology Glasses with Your Electronics

Reading glasses or bifocals are nice for reading books and newspapers because they are designed for use at the distance that most people hold their reading materials away from their face. Since computers and other technology products are generally used at a farther distance away, you should ask your eye doctor for a prescription for a pair of specialized technology glasses that you can use with your PC, laptop, or, tablet. Technology glasses will reduce the strain on your eyes caused by looking at electronic screens for extended periods of time.

Opting for coating the lenses of your technology glasses with an anti-glare coating will help you see the back-lit screens better as well.

Use the Right Technology Settings

All electronic products on the market today include specialized settings within their software for those people who are living with vision or hearing losses. If you have a hard time reading the small print on your electronic devices, then you should adjust them so that the print is large and the contrast is easy for your eyes to focus on. One way to do this is to avoid using color schemes that utilize bright colors. Instead, opt for traditional colors or a grayscale color scheme.

Use the Right Home Lighting

While you cannot always control the light level in places you need to be, you absolutely can and should adjust the lighting in your own home to provide you with the least amount of eye strain as possible. You can start adjusting the lighting in your home by installing "natural light" bulbs in all of your light fixtures. This type of bulb gives off the best light for people living with macular degeneration.

Installing dimmer switches will allow you to control the intensity of the light and change it to exactly what feels comfortable for your eyes.

Enlist the Assistance of Your Eye Doctor

Finally, you must work with your ophthalmologist to protect your remaining sight and stay on top of your macular degeneration. If you have questions about specific situations in your life, then your doctor is always the best person for you to consult with. For more information, visit websites like